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You "play" football. You don't "work" football.

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    You "play" football. You don't "work" football.

    Spike Dykes, longtime coach at Texas Tech, is of the opinion that team chemistry, and team/school spirit is at least as important and hour upon hour in the weight room or endless film study. A point of diminishing returns is reached if players are worked so hard that they forget that at the end of the day, football is a game, and that you need to have fun doing it.


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    I don't think that schools think of football as a game. they see it as a business, an advertisement for the institution to new students, an entertainment outlet for alumni and various benifactors, and a revinue generation opportunity, among other things. This attitude permeates the coaching staff who know that their job depends on keeping the administration happy. Their job is not directly to keep the kids happy. The teams academic and athletic perfomance is what matters - how the coach makes it happen is of secondary concern - IMHO.

    Go JACKETS! THWG!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT Nuke View Post
    I don't think that schools think of football as a game. they see it as a business, an advertisement for the institution to new students, an entertainment outlet for alumni and various benifactors, and a revinue generation opportunity, among other things. This attitude permeates the coaching staff who know that their job depends on keeping the administration happy. Their job is not directly to keep the kids happy. The teams academic and athletic perfomance is what matters - how the coach makes it happen is of secondary concern - IMHO.

    Go JACKETS! THWG!
    Wish GT worked that way! I think they're more concerned with graduation rates than wins.

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    Whole perspective has changed.In HS we didnt llift weights since Docs said it would hurt our growing bones.Now eight graders are lifting weights all over Ga.When I was coaching we only had two sets of weight and both were 110 lb dumbar things.Only had one guy who lifted and he went to.........georgie and became a doc after a spinal injury.I think Dodd did it right.Somehow make the game fun and make practice even funner.Its a bloody bidness now and jobs are on the line and if you dont lift ....guy across the line from you does !Not a fun game anymore since even HS teams depend on gates to fund their different programs and wins are certainly what fans want to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT Nuke View Post
    I don't think that schools think of football as a game. they see it as a business, an advertisement for the institution to new students, an entertainment outlet for alumni and various benifactors, and a revinue generation opportunity, among other things. This attitude permeates the coaching staff who know that their job depends on keeping the administration happy. Their job is not directly to keep the kids happy. The teams academic and athletic perfomance is what matters - how the coach makes it happen is of secondary concern - IMHO.

    Go JACKETS! THWG!
    Some of the difference is the money spent on coaches. Switzer noted that when he won 30 something straight regular season games at Oklahoma, he was paid $44,000 a year. Going to a New Year's day bowl earned him one month's additional pay. Now we have guys making millions, assistants making millions with a laundry list of incentives. It is easy to understand how the drive to win 9 games instead of 7 games might lead to abuse of the players.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukonwreck View Post
    Some of the difference is the money spent on coaches. Switzer noted that when he won 30 something straight regular season games at Oklahoma, he was paid $44,000 a year. Going to a New Year's day bowl earned him one month's additional pay. Now we have guys making millions, assistants making millions with a laundry list of incentives. It is easy to understand how the drive to win 9 games instead of 7 games might lead to abuse of the players.
    Bet Ole Barry did pretty well under the table with those rabid sooner fans.........it was wild wild west out there for awhile. !

 

 

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